Alex Pereira Through the Years

Pereira grew up in a favela, dropping out of middle school to work in manual labor.

He battled drinking issues, which led him to begin kickboxing training in 2009 to overcome his issues.

Pereira in 2012

Pereira won the Glory 14: Zagreb – Middleweight Contender Tournament in 2014.

Despite a loss in the quarter-finals, he competed in the Glory 17: Los Angeles – Last Man Standing middleweight tournament.

Pereira with his son in 2015

Pereira secured the vacant WGP Middleweight title and notably defeated Israel Adesanya twice.

Pereira in 2015
Pereira with his father

He became the Glory Middleweight champion by defeating Simon Marcus at Glory 46: China.
Pereira also claimed the interim Glory Light Heavyweight Championship, making him the first double champion in Glory history.

Pereira with sister in 2016

He won the Glory Light Heavyweight title by defeating Artem Vakhitov at Glory 77.
However, Pereira lost the rematch against Vakhitov at Glory 78: Rotterdam.

Pereira’s never really had long hair but he has experimented with his styling

Pereira debuted in MMA in 2015 at Jungle Fight 82.

Pereira’s sons with his belts
Pereira in 2016
Pereira met Gokhan Saki in 2016
Pereira in February of 2017
Pereira after KOing Adesanya in 2017
Pereira in mid 2017
“Farewell to amateur boxing
Win by knockout”
Pereira won pro debut in boxing by KO but never competed again
Poatan in 2017 at glory
Pereira with Minotauro Nogueira of UFC fame in Dec 2017
Pereira competed in BJJ in 2018
Pereira received rank of BJJ Blue belt in March of 2018
Pereira lost to Kyshenko
Pereira got the Poatan tattoo in 2018 Poatan roughly translates to hands of stone
Pereira in Nov 2018
Pereira in late 2018
Pereira was part of Anderson Silvas UFC camp for Adesanya in 2018
Pereira meets Dana White in Feb 2019
Pereira gains 8kg in 24hrs Dec 2019
Pereira gains 8kg in 24hrs Dec 2019

8kg equates to roughly 17 pounds.

Pereira in May of 2020
Pereira signs with UFC feeder org LFA in October of 2020
Pereira starts training with Glover Teixeira in Nov of 2020
Pereira becomes LFA champion in Dec 2020
January 30, 2021
it was a special day in the history of Brazilian kickboxing, the first and only kickboxer in the world to win two belts in different categories
Pereira trains with Glover and Lyoto Machida

He joined the UFC in 2021, winning his debut at UFC 268 against Andreas Michailidis.

Pereira claimed the UFC Middleweight Championship by defeating Israel Adesanya at UFC 281.

He rematched Adesanya and lost the title later on.

Transitioning to the Light Heavyweight division, he won the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Jiří Procházka at UFC 295.


He successfully defended the UFC Light Heavyweight title against Jamahal Hill at UFC 300.